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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:14

Ciena and Ericsson join optical forces


Optical network specialist Ciena and telco provider Ericsson have announced a strategic global agreement.

The agreement includes packet-optical distribution, converged IP/optical joint development and distribution, and a software defined networking (SDN) collaboration framework.

Ciena says that Ericsson brings a wide range of strategic relationships with global service providers, a strong position in wireless infrastructure and evolved packet-core solutions, and a worldwide professional services organisation.

Ericsson says it will benefit from Ciena’s packet-optical expertise and innovation, which result from years of customer relationships across a wide range of network domains.

“Under the agreement Ericsson will offer Ciena's Converged Packet Optical portfolio,” said Jan Hoagland, IP and broadband head at Ericsson, including Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and 5400 family.

“These will deliver a broader set of infrastructure solutions as customers migrate to new converged network architectures.

“In addition, Ciena’s Wave Logic coherent optical technology will be integrated into Ericsson’s IP portfolio, creating a solution that allows customers to seamlessly interoperate routers with Ciena’s industry-leading photonics.

The two companies say they are committed to accelerating the availability of open and programmable SDNs. Under a new collaboration framework, they will seek to leverage their combined resources and expertise with plans to jointly develop and co-market service provider SDN technology.

“The strategic agreement combines Ciena’s and Ericsson’s strengths in the development of an open SDN network for converged IP and Optical transport,” said Häglund. “The reseller agreement will allow Ericsson to complement our fourth generation IP portfolio with Ciena’s packet-optical products. This will create an even stronger offering to our customers.”

Ciena CEO Gary Smith said:  “Consistent with our OPn network architecture for intelligent network evolution, the industry is moving toward an ecosystem of more specialised players as the transformation accelerates toward open, programmable, multi-vendor networks that scale and adapt to network-level applications and services.

“Together, Ciena and Ericsson will bring best-in-class solutions to customers around the globe to better address the evolving requirements for software-driven, converged networks.”

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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire. He is one of Australia’s longest serving and most experienced IT journalists. He is author of the only definitive history of the Australian IT industry, ‘A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing.’

He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time weekly IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.

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